Coffin pair guilty of attempted murder
A JUDGE yesterday found two white farmers guilty of attempted murder after they filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive.
“For attempted murder of Mr [Victor] Mlotshwa, I hereby find you both guilty,” judge Segopotje Mphahlele told the accused, before supporters of the victim burst out in celebratory songs in the courtroom.
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson were also found guilty of kidnap, intimidation and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
They pleaded not guilty over the incident last year in Mpumalanga, saying they had only intended to scare Mlotshwa after he allegedly stole copper cables from their farm. Two clips of footage taken on their mobile phones showed the assailants shoving Mlotshwa into the wooden coffin. – AFP